​Our Sustainability Commitments for 2020

We belie​ve that sustainability means meeting our growth ambitions within the current and future needs of society, by offering eco-efficient and innovative building materials and services to our customers, acting ethically and transparently in accordance with the law and regulations and providing an inspirational, healthy and safe working environment for our employees and support so our communities can thrive. By operating​ in line with these commitments, we will continue to create value for our stakeholders.

 
To operate in line with these beliefs and to meet sustainability concepts, Votorantim Cimentos has set ambitious goals in several areas. Our sustainability strategy is based on four main strategic drivers (Safety, Ethics and Compliance, Eco-Efficiency and Innovation, and Community Engagement). 
 
Find out more about our commitments here.

 

 
Safety

There can be no excellence, or competitive performance without considering he​alth and safety, therefore, these are our top priorities. We have established ambitious goals to promote zero harms environment for our employees and eliminate fatalities and they are being diligently pursued. The foundations for our corporate actions are established in the Global Safety & Health Policy, and the Life Saving Rules.

Code of Conduct

At Votorantim Cimentos, we are committed to customer success through excellence, and we know that excellence will only be achieved if we act with integrity, ethics and transparency. That is why our Values and Code of Conduct reinforce our commitment to compliance. We expect our employees at all levels - from operational functions to the board of directors - as well as shareholders and partners to follow the guidelines of the Code of Conduct and to comply with all laws, regulations and policies in all regions and countries in which we operate.

We are constantly searching for best practices, encouraging the fight against corruption and illustrating the damages caused by others in the political, economic and social spheres. In that way, we disseminate the breadth and relevance of this issue among our customers, employees, directors, shareholders, suppliers, partners, and stakeholders from government, media and communities, resulting in the protection and preservation of values for society and, consequently, for our company.
Compliance Program
At Votorantim Cimentos, we prohibit any payment for favors, facilitation or offer of any advantage to public officials or government authorities, for any purpose. This includes contributions in the form of monetary donation, goods or services for campaigns or political causes, as well as receiving and offering free gifts, providing entertainment and hospitality, and extending corporate invitations. Everyone must always respect the guidelines set out by our Code of Conduct.

Since 2013, we have maintained a Compliance Program, with communication and training campaigns aimed at all employees and directors. We monitor the effectiveness of the program regularly, and take the necessary measures in case of infractions or oversights. We also encourage the reporting of any suspected wrongdoing through our Ethics Line, and we do not tolerate any type of reprisal. This channel - public and open to all, inside and outside the organization - constitutes a way to make complaints in a confidential and anonymous way. All reports are investigated and addressed in accordance with internal policies and current legislation.

Our programs and policies are constantly evolving, consolidating good practices and adapting our company to changes in our society.
  • Strong commitment to the principles of ethics and transparency
  • Highly committed to the best practices defined by the SEC and CVM (Brazilian equivalent to SEC)
  • Structured compliance program, updated annually, and committed to initiatives that lead to transparent and responsible corporate behavior
  • SOX compliant since 2010
  • Compliance monitoring and evaluation, always focused on prevention
  • Ethics and compliance training available to employees in all units on the company‘s global portal
  • Ombudsman channel available to all employees and stakeholders.
Ethics Line
The ethics line is a public channel and open to all, inside and outside the organization. Its purpose is to identify, listen, analyze and solve any issue related to our Code of Conduct. The ethics line is managed to ensure privacy and confidentiality. No information obtained through this channel nor the identity of the people involved in the claim become public.

The ethics line is an exclusive channel of communication between stakeholders and Votorantim Cimentos. Its purpose is to address issues related to the Code of Conduct, which contains the principles and guidelines that guide Votorantim‘s relationships with all its stakeholders and it ensures that complaints, suggestions and criticisms are addressed at the appropriate levels of the organization.
Eco-Efficiency and Innovation
We believe that cement production must use clean technologies that constantly improve natural resource allocation, reduce emissions and waste.

We invest in R&D to develop new technologies and improve existing ones to promote eco-efficiency in our processes and products. Moreover, we are committed to protecting water sources and biodiversity, through the management of protected areas in the vicinity of our units. Our goals are in line with the Global Environmental Policy and Green Rules​ and our commitments under the Cement Sustainability Initiative (CSI) of the World Business Council for Sustainable Development (WBCSD).​

Community Engagement
We are part of the communities where we are present.

Therefore, we are constantly working to improve our dialogue with stakeholders and promote quality of life, which also results in a better and more transparent environment for business.​